Effective Friday, September 17, a province-wide mandatory masking order will be implemented for all indoor public spaces. 

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COVID-19 Case and Contact Management

COVID-19 is a communicable disease reportable under the Public Health Act, 1994. As with all communicable diseases, public health will follow up with anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to conduct an investigation and provide counselling. Contact tracing will continue to be a part of a COVID-19 case investigation. Cases and contacts should take all precautions as advised or required by Public Health and all reasonable measures to reduce the risk of infecting others.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate immediately at home or in another suitable environment for at least 10 days. Public health will follow up at the end and as needed during the isolation period.

Anyone who tests positive with a COVID-19 self-test (rapid antigen test) should immediately seek a confirmatory test (laboratory test). Public health will follow up with you if the confirmatory test is positive.

If you contract COVID-19, you can help the contact investigation by notifying your potential contacts using the COVID Alert app.

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1. What is a close contact?

If you are fully vaccinated, you may not be considered a close contact. Close contacts include:

  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated and lives with a positive case, has direct physical contact with a positive case, or is exposed to their infectious body fluids.  This will include the positive case's caregiver, intimate partner, child receiving care from the case, etc.
  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated and has shared an indoor space with a case for a prolonged period of time (e.g., social gatherings, workplaces, etc.), without adhering to appropriate individual-level and any setting-specific risk mitigation measures.
  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated and has had a close-range conversation with a positive case or has been in settings where a case engaged in singing, shouting, or heavy breathing (e.g., exercise), without adhering to appropriate individual-level and any setting-specific risk mitigation measures.

Close contacts must self-isolate for 14 days from their last exposure and to seek testing as soon as possible following exposure and at day 10 after the exposure. All close contacts who develop symptoms should seek testing immediately.

Individual-level risk mitigation measures include wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing in the setting where an exposure may have occurred. Setting-specific risk mitigation measures include use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other infection prevention and control measures in high-risk exposure settings (e.g., health care workers).

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2. What will happen if I am a contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

Contacts are assessed based on their vaccination history (immunization record) to determine if they are at risk of contracting COVID-19.

Contacts who are not fully vaccinated must seek testing and self-isolate for at least 14 days from the date of last exposure to the case.

Contacts who are fully vaccinated should call 811 if COVID-19 symptoms develop and do not need to self-isolate unless symptomatic. All contacts who develop symptoms should seek testing immediately.

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3. What if I am a non-close contact to a confirmed case?

Non-close contacts include:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals, with a few exceptions.
  • Anyone (regardless of vaccination status) who has shared an indoor space with a positive case, including closed spaces and crowded places (e.g., social gatherings, workplaces, etc.), with adherence to appropriate individual-level and any setting-specific risk mitigation measures (e.g. wearing a mask, practicing social distancing);
  • Anyone (regardless of vaccination status) who has had a close-range conversation with a case or has been in settings where a case engaged in singing, shouting, or heavy breathing (e.g., exercise), with adherence to appropriate individual-level and any setting-specific risk mitigation measures (e.g. wearing a mask, practicing social distancing).

Non-close contacts will only be advised to seek testing if symptomatic. Non-close contacts do not need to isolate unless they become symptomatic.

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4. Do I still have to self-isolate when I return from international travel?

Visit the Government of Canada website for information and rules around international travel, including exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers.

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5. What about in school settings?

Case and contact management in schools continues to be of high priority for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Public health will assess if the positive case is a student or staff member and if they attended school while infectious (potential exposures).

Public health will continue to notify the school of potential exposures and will work with the case and school to identify affected classrooms or other settings (e.g., bus routes).  Public health will provide communication for affected classrooms that the school will disseminate through their existing distribution lists.

More information on case and contact management in school settings is available.

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